The twin sciences of brain anatomy and psychology have offered different visions of who we are. Now these sciences are coming together and in the process have revealed some surprising and uncomfortable truths about what really shapes our thoughts, feelings and desires. This is the final episode to this BBC documentary series. (59 min)
The complete name of this BBC documentary series is The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion. Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society’s historical path.
The story of how the secret of life has been examined through the prism of the most complex organism known – the human body. It begins with attempts to save the lives of gladiators in Ancient Rome, unfolds with the macabre work and near-perfect drawings of Leonardo in the Renaissance, through the idea of the ‘life force’ of electricity, to the microscopic world of the cell. It reveals how a moral crisis unleashed by work on the nuclear bomb helped trigger a great breakthrough in biology – understanding the structure and workings of DNA. (59 min)
The second episode explores how scientists delved ever deeper into the world of the cell, seeking to reveal the magic ingredient that can spark a bundle of chemicals into life. Their discoveries have brought us to the brink of being able to create life for ourselves. (58 min)
Centred around Leonardo’s greatest masterpiece – the most famous image in the history of art – the Mona Lisa. How and why has it become so famous? The third episode of the series investigates the identity of this elusive woman. (59 min)
This a BBC documentary series again rediscovers Leonardo Da Vinci, the archetypal Renaissance man, an Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Digging deeper into Leonardo’s wellspring of notes and drawings, the films looks at his diverse talents. This episode examines the first half of Leonardo’s life, from his birth near Florence to his famous paintings and inventions in the great cities of the Italian Renaissance. Segment 1 (50 min)
This is the second episode of the BBC production of Leonardo Da Vinci. For the second half of his life, Leonardo is in his 40s and travels from city to city, welcomed by influential households, but never settling down. (50 min)